Pamplin Media Group – Estacada’s Main Street remodel gets rolling

City wants input from the community and will have open houses, online feedback opportunities

The Estacada Urban Renewal Agency is gearing up for a remodel of Main Street and has set a tentative timeline for the project.

The project will put in new sidewalks, parking configurations, accommodations for folks who are disabled and other improvements.

The city is planning multiple meetings, open houses and other community contacts to get input and ideas from people about what they’d like to see done to Main Street.

The first open house could be in May.

The city also wants to have a robust online spot for people to look at potential plans and give feedback.

The Urban Renewal Agency, which has the same membership as the Estacada City Council, tossed around ideas for community outreach, including open houses, social media posts, distribution of flyers, walking tours and information in water bills.

“Information is the key here,” Mayor Sean Drinkwine said at a Monday, April 11, agency meeting, noting that the project would be more successful if folks know what to expect.

Drinkwine also suggested reaching out to the Estacada School District and local faith communities to tap into their communication networks to let people know the city wants their input on the Main Street remodel.

City Manager Melanie Wagner said keeping the public informed is essential to a smooth construction period. She suggested more community meetings as the project progresses. An agency member also discussed the possibility of a construction cam that could be accessed via the internet for folks to keep up on how the project is going.

Wagner emphasized doing “the things we can do, which is good signage, good communication, good updates.”

RENDERING COURTESY OF THE CITY OF ESTACADA  - A preliminary sketch of what Main Street might look line with head-in parking in one section.

There are many issues to be considered in shaping the project.

If head-in, diagonal parking is to be part of the project, as it was on Broadway Street, there was discussion that this parking must be long enough and wide enough to accommodate the trucks driven by many Estacada area folks.

Should there be stop signs on Main Street, or should it continue to be a through street for the town? If there are no stop signs, should flashing lights be included for pedestrians, since the project aims to make Main Street more pedestrian friendly.

Does the community want the circle designs that are featured in the street in the intersections on Broadway Street?

Wagner said she is meeting with agencies to continue to look for grants and low-cost loans to finance the project.

After the Urban Renewal Agency has gathered community input over the next few months, the city hopes to have construction drawings and open the project for bid by the fall.

They hope to get started as soon as possible after the first of the year, with construction running over February, March and April so the project would be finished for the busy summer tourist season.

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